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Milkman: A Novel by Anna Burns - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781644450000
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018

In an unnamed country at an unmentioned time, a young woman struggles with life in a rigid sectarian society where even an emblem on a foreign car can bring down the wrath of the state upon the owner. This is a fiercely original book, darkly reminiscent of Orwell and Swift. Its complexity may be challenging at times, but the author, through the unfiltered thoughts and observations of her central character, provides some hope to the reader than an undaunted spirit can never be completely conquered by time, place, or circumstance. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501168376
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 12th, 2019

One of the enduring mysteries in the annals of American crime is what happened on a hot August morning in 1892 on a busy residential street in Fall River, Massachusetts. The gruesome axe murders of Andrew Borden, a prominent local businessman, and his wife, Abby, have been the subject of debate for over a century. Paring away layers of myth and speculation, this is a meticulous examination of the incarceration and trial of Borden's younger daughter, Lizzie, whose high style and impenetrable demeanor generated a media frenzy that, guilt or innocence aside, ushered her firmly into the realm of legend. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Burned: A Story of Murder and the Crime That Wasn't by Edward Humes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524742133
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Published: Dutton - January 8th, 2019

One year after Jo Ann Parks lost her three children when fire engulfed the family's tiny apartment, she was arrested for murder. Many of the findings by investigators that were used to send Mrs. Parks to prison for the rest of her life were rooted in largely discredited theories that attempted to define the quixotic nature of fire. Established authorities were reluctant to accept the new scientifically-based findings, especially those concerning a phenomenon called flashover, and their recalcitrance virtually condemned many people to long terms behind bars. This involving book by a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist is as much about the constantly evolving science of fire detection as it is about a terrible tragedy and a potentially devastating miscarriage of justice. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Murder by the Book: The Crime That Shocked Dickens's London by Claire Harman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525520399
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Published: Knopf - March 26th, 2019

Nearly half a century before prostitutes began encountering an infamous serial killer in the Whitechapel district of the city, another murder galvanized the city of London. The victim was Lord William Russell, a prominent member of a social class that regarded murder among their ranks as more of a personal affront than a brutal crime. Pundits were quick to point out that Lord Russell's gruesome demise was probably inspired by the proliferation of popular novels that, at least in the minds of a titillated public, glorified such depravity. Much to his displeasure, Charles Dickens was included among the inflammatory cadre of authors. This book is both a compelling murder mystery and an insightful look at the impact of popular culture on public behavior.


The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film by W. K. Stratton - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781632862129
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 12th, 2019

A meticulously researched history of the western film that is now ranked with "Shane" and "The Searchers." Much of the book's focus is on Sam Peckinpah, the movie's visionary, eccentric director. It was a labor of love that had been incubating in Peckinpah's mind for many years and, after the disaster of "Major Dundee,"his professional future rested upon its success. Much to the displeasure of Warner Brothers, he insisted upon assembling his own crew and hiring a cast of actors who, with the exception of William Holden, were not box-office draws. A fascinating look at the evolution of a landmark film and its brilliant creator. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476795928
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2018

The story of four extraordinary presidents during extraordinary times. Goodwin recounts events that indelibly shaped the characters of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson, examining how personal trials of each man profoundly affected their response during some of the nation's darkest hours. Eminently readable, this book will instill in the reader a new appreciation for men whose determination and courage still resonate in America today. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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